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#1 (permalink) Old 02-01-2006, 12:00 PM
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I have had my 04 Sorento since new, and about a year ago it developed a water leak on the front passenger side of the cab. It has been back to the dealer 9 times for this issue. No one seems to know for sure if the leak is coming from the fire wall or maybe the door seals. The water accumulates on the floor towards the firewall and passenger door. Here is the spooky part of all of this, it does not leak all the time even under heavy rain storms it may not leak, and then the next rain it does. Anyone have a clue as to what is happening?

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The dealership should be able to find the leak. That's incredible that you've taken it in 9 times and they still haven't looked hard enough for the leak to locate it. The easiest way to find the leak is to pull the carpet back some and look with a flash light while someone pours water over the entire roof, windshield, firewall, door and cowl. The three most likely problems are a windshield leak, improper sealing of the firewall, and a drain is disconnected from the sunroof. If you can remove the A-pillar trim from the vehicle you can look to see if it's wet. This is a quick way to tell if the sunroof drain is the problem or not.
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Have they had a look at the A/C evap drain as well? If that hose becomes plugged or dissonnected can make a big mess inside.

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Can concur with Kiamech re' sunroof leaking.
Not on my Sorrie, but on a Peugeot I had some years ago - was a devil to find.
Was actually not a misaligned or disconnected drain, but a weak sunroof drive motor - just didn't quite shut fully - nearly but not quite.
Water managed to get in between body and roof lining, down the pillars and filled the footwells.

I remember my Dealer at the time spent ages pouring water all around the windscreen as they were fixated on that as the fault.

Was very difficult to find because it all looked OK.

As Km says - worth a careful check.

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Thanks guys but my Sorento is not equipped with a sun roof. I am bringing it bac to the dealer for try number 10 on Friday, I will keep you all posted.

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What about the rubber seam along the roof line?

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I would look to see that the Aircon Evaporator/drainage plug has not become blocked as per a previous reply
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